It's good to get back to my job-so I can catch up on my rest. I spent the holiday week working twelve hour days on the house. The framing is finished, wiring roughed in, and insulation begun.
One of the letters after flattening and cleaning up a bit.
I spent part of this weekend reading other people's mail. I don't think they'll mind much, since they've been dead for better than a century. But it does give you an idea of the sorts of fun you can have when renovating an older house.
Tecumseh March 1858
As I am about to start for Ypsilanti & have not yet had a chance to see you any length of time, I thought I would drop you a few lines & ask you to bestow the honor of a correspondence upon me.
Dear Friend donot feel
The winter renovation begins.
The roofer is well into the copper on the main roof. I've begun to work on the upstairs front room. Old lath and plaster insulated with vermiculite and cellulose is such a joy to deal with.
Draft of a guide map to the Port Oneida area of Sleeping Bear Lakeshore.
Closed in and ready to paint.
There has been progress on the breezeway replacement despite the near daily rain. I expect the pallet of copper to be delivered some time in the next week or so, then the roofer can get started.
I've been working my way through a lot of old negatives and slides lately, and came across this shot of me at the potter's wheel in 1977.
Old Dictaphone found in a farm dump, Sleeping Bear Dunes. Note the typeface on the machine plate.
Spent a four-day weekend at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.
Got a chance to ride the Leelanau Trail.
Black and Yellow Argiope.
This stunning arachnid has been hanging out in the garden. The abdomen is just about 1 centimeter long.
Gaff ends roughed out.
This month it's been raining on most of the days I was prepared to work on the boat, so the progress to report is on things I can do inside.
Our little fleet waiting to load lunch from the kitchen
The first two weeks in July were spent in the town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, doing flood relief. At the peak of the operation, we had ten of our Emergency Response Vehicles distributing food and supplies in the affected section of Bloomsburg and the surrounding area.
June was partly spent on landscaping the back yard. We've installed some 6 yards of mulch, and another 2 of pea gravel.
Lesson One, John Van Slembrouck's rendering of Ian Oughtred's 7'6" Acorn Tender.
The last week in May was a busy one. It included: the 2006 Michigan Week Cup regatta in which I got to sail this pretty little Acorn Tender, touring some of the historic homes of Tecumseh during the annual Promenade weekend, three days at a WMD/Terrorism Threat Assessment workshop, installing cockpit seating in my boat project, landscaping work and scraping paint on the house. As a result I am (in order) bruised, footsore, scared witless, epoxy coated, and sunburned.
I'll write up the regatta after the organizer sends me some of the photographs of the race itself, which I was a bit too busy to photograph myself. Until then, I've put together a few of the photos.
Flint and steel rope
This is the last of a very special bit of rope. How special is it? Well, the first indication would be that I inherited it.
The radiator won
I once lost an argument with half a ton of pissed off cast iron disguised as an extra large steam radiator.
Being the tale of a brief engagement between your humble narrator and a 150-year-old heating system.
All images and text Copyright Dale Austin, 1962-2008